The article discusses 3D (three-dimensional) printing and rapid prototyping machines. The author gives an overview of 3D printing companies and suggests that many low-cost 3D printing machines have been developed, including the Makerbot Cupcake CNC printer from Makerbot Industries LLC. Other topics addressed include Fused Disposition Modeling (FDM) technology used by 3D printers, the STL file format used by 3D printers, and options of assembly kits or preassembled 3D printers.
The article reports that 3D printing has changed the way how designers solve problems and execute designs for entertainment industry. 3D printing was first developed in the 1980s by engineers as a means of rapid prototyping. The technology is getting into educational institutions. Costume designers can take advantage of 3D printing to help enhance customization.
THREE-dimensional printing, RAPID prototyping, and INK-jet printers
The article discusses three-dimensional (3D) printing that is used for prototyping. 3D printing is used by Within Technologies Ltd. to create and produce manufacture end products. Complex objects with interlinking moving parts can be created by 3D printers in just one stage. Janne Kytannen, Product designer is waiting for the 3D printing technology to become a domestic, mainstream product as universal as the desktop inkjet printer.
THREE-dimensional printing, RESEARCH grants, RAPID prototyping, and GREAT Britain. Technology Strategy Board
The article reports on the move of Great Britain Technology Strategy Board (TSB) which has announced that it is sponsoring projects that tackles problems with speed, cost, and other issues that limits three-dimensional (3D) printing. It states that the TSB will offer grants between £50,000 - £750,000, however it will also consider those outside the range. TSB reportedly recognises the importance of 3D printing for rapid prototyping.
STOP motion animation and THREE-dimensional printing
The article presents a brief profile of Brian McLean, a motion picture director for the animation studio Laika, noting his use of rapid prototyping technology and three-dimensional (3D) printing in the character design for stop-motion animated films such as "Coraline" and ParaNorman."